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96 grand prix won't crank.

I have power but when I turn the key I get nothing.I replaced the starter and solenoid but still nothing. I tried to jump the posts on the solenoid to crank the engine but that only made the solenoid click.

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  • mkfrank617 Jan 02, 2009

    Thanks for your help. It turned out to be a bad battery even though it was only 3 months old. I tried to jump it but that didn't work. I had a friend test the battery.Since it was only 3 months old it was replaced for free. Again, thanks for your help.

  • mmpp20 May 11, 2010

    Have you checked your battery for fully charged/bad cell/loose terminals/bad cables?? Also can you turn the engine over by hand?

  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2014

    Car wont crank when you trun the key replaced Batterie starter cranks when by passed but not with the key

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Try jump starting it

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